Wolves Sink Sailors in Record-Breaking Fashion

After the Seattle Sailors made a couple of major acquisitions at the trading deadline, they considered themselves ready to grab a playoff spot.  And they didn’t hesitate to let the world know it.  “Michigan and Anchorage better be on notice,” said RW Vince Mango after the deal were announced last Thursday.  “Their time is almost up; we’re coming for them.  We’re building a new dynasty in the Pacific Northwest.”

The Sailors had their first chance to back up those bold words on Saturday, when they traveled to Cadillac Place to face the Michigan Gray WolvesRon Wright’s club was well aware of Mango’s boasts, and were prepared to teach the upstarts a lesson.  “Believe me, [Mango’s quotes are] up on our bulletin board,” said Wolves C Hunter Bailes.

Come Saturday night, Michigan had indeed taught the Sailors a lesson in particularly brutal fashion.  The Wolves came away with a 13-0 victory, the most lopsided game in SHL history.

“Maybe next time [Seattle] wants to call themselves a dynasty,” said Wright, “they might hold off until they finish over .500 for once.”

The game was a front-to-back thumping.  Nine different Michigan players scored goals, and everyone except D Brooks Zabielski recorded at least one point.  “We pride ourselves on having the kind of depth that most teams can’t touch,” said Wright.  “As I’m sure Seattle is learning, it takes more than a couple of big stars to win championships.”

Things went sideways for the Sailors early on, as they ended the first period down 3-0.  Bailes and RW Oskar Denison scored 21 seconds apart less than three minutes into the game, and C Warren Marlow added another tally with 6:45 remaining

Marlow scored twice in the second period to complete the hat trick.  “Marlie’s not the type to get his name in the papers all the time,” said Bailes, “but he just goes out there and gets the job done.  We like that.” Marlow completed his hat trick just over 11 minutes into the period.  The game was delayed for ten minutes while fans flung their hats to the ice and the arena crew cleaned them up.  The Sailors huddled on their bench and tried to regroup.  “We knew we needed to do something to change the momentum if we were going to get back in it,” said Seattle coach Harold Engellund.

Unfortunately for Engellund and his team, that momentum shift never came.  The wheels really came off after Marlow’s hat trick, as Michigan scored three more times before the period ended.  Wolves fans taunted Seattle goalie Rocky Goldmire with razzing repetition of his name and a running tally of the score every time the puck found the back of the net.

Engellund finally yanked his goalie after the second period was over.  “Rocky was looking a little shell-shocked out there,” said the Sailors coach.  “I knew he just needed to go get a shower and a beer.”

Ordinarily, with a virtually insurmountable lead and a whole period left to go, Wright would have ordered his team to take their foot off the gas.  But instead they kept the hammer down, putting five more goals past backup netminder “Jersey Mike” Ross.

“Were we sending a message?  You bet we were,” said Wright after the game.  “[The Sailors] said they were ready to play with the big boys.  We wanted to show them what that was really like.”

In the visiting locker room, the Sailors struggled to absorb their shellacking.  “Man, I really pissed them off, didn’t I?” said Mango.  “It’s just like when we were in school; stand up to the bully and he beats you to a pulp to teach you a lesson. Lesson learned, I guess.  But I can’t wait until we turn the tables and beat them up next time.”

For the Wolves, Mango’s boasts lit their competitive fires at a critical juncture of the season.  “Honestly, I should be thankful to Mango,” said Wright.  “It can be a struggle to find motivation when you’re as far ahead as we are.  But he ran his mouth and gave us all the motivation we needed.  I might have to hire him to come get us fired up again before the playoffs.  His calendar should be wide open then.”

Game 43, Seattle @ Michigan, Cadillac Place

                   1   2   3   OT   F
Seattle            0   0   0        0
Michigan           3   5   5       13

 
Seattle                G   A PTS PIM +/-   Michigan               G   A PTS PIM +/-

Argent          LW     0   0   0   0  -6   Douglas         LW     0   2   2   0   6
Lambert         D      0   0   0   0  -6   Kronstein       D      1   5   6   0   6
Derringer       C      0   0   0   0  -3   Bailes          C      2   1   3   0   3
Lidjya          D      0   0   0   2  -6   Madison         D      0   1   1   0   6
Mango           RW     0   0   0   0  -6   Lunsford        RW     0   2   2   0   3
Lane            LW     0   0   0   0  -3   Beruschko       LW     1   1   2   0   3
Fairwood        D      0   0   0   0  -3   Mudrick         D      1   1   2   0   3
Venezio         C      0   0   0   2  -3   Marlow          C      3   2   5   0   6
Gatecliff       D      0   0   0   4  -3   Zabielski       D      0   0   0   2   3
Pepper          RW     0   0   0   0  -3   Poulin          RW     1   4   5   0   6
Gaspard         LW     0   0   0   2  -3   Davenport       LW     1   1   2   0   3
Snelling        D      0   0   0   0  -3   Bergdorf        D      1   2   3   0   3
Bellanger       RW     0   0   0   0  -3   Tollefson       D      0   1   1   0   3
Mortensen       D      0   0   0   2  -3   Denison         RW     2   1   3   0   3
Karlsson        C      0   0   0   0  -6   Cage            C      0   1   1   0   3
----------------------------------------   ----------------------------------------
TOTALS                 0   0   0  12 -12   TOTALS                13  25  38   2  12

Scratches:
SEA:  Culp, Metheny, Bacon
MIC:  Knight (inj), Berlinger, Bullock, Eberlein

 
Seattle             SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Goldmire            24    16    8  0.667
Ross                13     8    5  0.615

Michigan            SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Lundquist           28    28    0  1.000

 

First Period
------------

GOALS:
02:14  MIC  Denison (Tollefson, Bergdorf)
02:35  MIC  Bailes (Lunsford, Beruschko)
13:15  MIC  Marlow (Poulin, Bergdorf)

PENALTIES:
None


Second Period
-------------

GOALS:
09:31  MIC  Marlow (Douglas, Kronstein)
11:18  MIC  Marlow (Douglas, Mudrick)
14:11  MIC  Mudrick (Poulin, Marlow)
17:48  MIC  Kronstein (Poulin, Madison)
18:30  MIC  Davenport (Denison, Cage)

PENALTIES:
05:11  MIC  Zabielski 2:00 (Elbowing)
07:26  SEA  Mortensen 2:00 (Cross-checking)
14:50  SEA  Lidjya 2:00 (Roughing)

Third Period
------------

GOALS:
02:02  MIC  Denison (Kronstein, Davenport)
02:42  MIC  Poulin (Marlow, Kronstein)
06:28  MIC  Beruschko (Bailes, Kronstein)
08:10  MIC  Bergdorf PP (Poulin)
11:26  MIC  Bailes (Lunsford, Kronstein)

PENALTIES:
03:53  SEA  Gatecliff 2:00 (Interference)
06:44  SEA  Venezio 2:00 (Roughing)
15:22  SEA  Gatecliff 2:00 (Tripping)
19:11  SEA  Gaspard 2:00 (Diving)


 
SHOTS
------
                   1   2   3   OT   F
Seattle            8  10  10       28
Michigan          13  11  13       37

 
POWER PLAYS
-----------

Seattle          0 for 1
Michigan         1 for 6

 
INJURIES
--------

None
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